We Ain't seen nothin Yet
Since the end of the housing boom in 2005, I've been stating the housing correction in Las Vegas would be significant and we'd likely see a 50% haircut (peak to trough) in home prices. Thus far, odds are looking pretty good that I'll ultimately be correct (Maybe even too optimistic).
Four years of gains wiped out in just one.
Home prices across 20 major U.S. cities have dropped a record 15.3% in the past year and are now back to where they were in the summer of 2004, according to the Case-Shiller home price index released Tuesday by Standard & Poor's.
Las Vegas saw the biggest declines, with prices falling 26.8% in the past year.
With so many homes on the market and foreclosures rising, prices are likely to keep falling, said Patrick Newport, an economist with Global Insight
"We expect the 20-city Case-Shiller composite to fall another 15% to 20%, to a bottom at the end of 2009, translating to a peak-to-trough drop of 30% to 35%," wrote Michelle Meyer, an economist for Lehman Bros.
After accounting for 4.5% inflation over the past year, real home prices are down in every region in the nation.
Thus far, the decline in bubble-region home prices has been quick, but I still feel we've got a long way to go. Significant banking/credit issues will soon to come to light again while unemployment numbers are due to increase significantly. Combine these issues with billions in Option Arm Resets, massive inflationary pressures and soon-to-be crucified equities markets and the result is a toxic Witch's Brew of economic misery that will continue to force massive downside price pressures across the nation.
Bottom Line: We ain't seen nothing yet!